Miles Ahead session details

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August 4, 1958 (10 items; TT = 39:10)
Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York NY
Commercial for Columbia
Miles Davis with the Gil Evans Orchestra

Miles Davis (flh); Ernie Royal (tpt); Johnny Coles (tpt); Bernie Glow (tpt); Louis Mucci (tpt); Joe Bennett (tb); Frank Rehak (tb); Jimmy Cleveland (tb); Dick Hixon (tb); Willie Ruff (frh); Julius Watkins (frh); Gunther Schuller (frh); Bill Barber (tuba); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (as); Romeo Penque (fl, alto fl, cl); Jerome Richardson (fl, alto fl, cl); Danny Bank (alto fl, bcl); Paul Chambers (b); Jimmy Cobb (d); Gil Evans (arr, cond)

1 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (master) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:40
2 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (take 2) (D. Heyward-G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:14

At the end Lampley says, "Listen to that, Gil." Davis: "God...damn!"
3 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (take 3) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:52
4 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (take 5) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:19
5 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (master (take 6)) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:27
6 Buzzard Song (master (take 5)) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 4:06
7 Summertime (master (takes 1/3)) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin-D. Heyward) 3:17
8 Summertime (take 2) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin-D. Heyward) 3:14
9 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (take 2) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:38
10 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (master (take 5)) (G. Gershwin-I. Gershwin) 3:23


1 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (master)
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205

2 Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus) (take 2)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

3 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (take 3)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

4 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (take 5)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

5 Oh Bess, Oh Where's My Bess? (master (take 6))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205

6 Buzzard Song (master (take 5))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205

7 Summertime (master (takes 1/3))
45 rpm: Columbia 7-8085 [EP]
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Columbia C5X 45000, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, CBS/Sony 00AP 2076/81, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia C4K 45000, Columbia C4K 86569, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia C2K 85475, Columbia CK 64616, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, CBS/Sony 80DP 872/5, Sony SRCS 5691/4, CBS/Sony 80DP 5430/3, Sony SICP 5037/40, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRCS 2493/4, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205, Jazz Roots CD 56045

8 Summertime (take 2)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

9 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (take 2)
12" LP: Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62

10 There's a Boat That's Leaving Soon for New York (master (take 5))
12" LP: Columbia CL 1274 (= CS 8085), Sony 88765 40757-1, Nippon Columbia YS-303, CBS/Sony SONP 50148, CBS/Sony SOPL 154, CBS/Sony 18AP 2055, CBS/Sony 23AP 2555, Mosaic MQ11-164
CD: Columbia CK 40647, Columbia CK 65141, Columbia CXK 67397, Columbia CXK 90923, Columbia 88883 75664, CBS/Sony 35DP 61, CBS/Sony 32DP 512, Sony SRCS 5699, Sony SRCS 9107, Sony SRCS 7945/50, Sony SICP 657/62, Sony SRCS 9704, Sony SRGS 4518, Sony SICP 813, Sony SICP 1205


This is the third of four sessions devoted to the recording of Porgy and Bess, Davis's best-selling record until Bitches Brew surpassed it in 1970.

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